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Monthly Archives: July 2011

DRIVEN Summer Series – Session 4 Q & A

Hi parents!

Hope you are enjoying a good family time long weekend! I just came back from Manitoba and it was a self-discovery, hands and feet opportunity to serve God, and to fall in love with kids who need Jesus’ good news in their life! – Freddy

Session Four: Big Give (July 31)

God grows your faith through spiritual disciplines. That’s probably not news for you. Praying and being generous are just things that Christian do. But there’s more than just doing an action because it’s the right thing to do. In fact, in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He tells us that not only is our heart tied to how we pray and our generosity, but also the growth of our faith.

Session Four Parent Cue: How can you leverage your time this week so that you spend more time with God? What is one way you can be generous this week?

 

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent's Connection

 

CUE box & Virtue for this month: GRACE

 

GRACE—“getting something great that you don’t deserve”

Learning about GRACE is a great reminder of God’s love for us through His son Jesus Christ. The Bible verse to memorize for August is, “God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.” Ephesians 2:8, NIrV

The CUE boxes for August 2011 are here. Please come and pick them up starting from August 7, 2011.

In our desire to partner with parents, Young Life Division—Children Ministry is continually seeking for feedback about everything we do. We are asking parents to fill out the survey that tells us more about your experience using CUE Box. Please pick up a survey this Sunday!

On behalf of Young Life Division, Thank you!

-Angelina

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Cue Box

 

DRIVEN Summer Series – Session 3 Q & A

Hi parents! I just got off the plane last night so you might or might not have seen me. Just want to encourage you once again you belong to an incredibly important team to influence and guide the spiritual growth of your son or daughter. Remember during the week, maybe during meal time, ask them this question… – Freddy

Session Three: Big Team (July 24)

Who has had the most influence in your life? Your mom? Your dad? A coach? A camp counselor? There are all kinds of people that play a part in our lives, in our stories. And some of these people have played a part in how you see God. In fact, God has used some of those relationships to grow your faith. We call these relationships providential because they are about having the right people in your life at just the right time.

Session Three Parent Cue: Who are the people in your life who have had a direct impact on your relationship with God? In what way did these people influence, guide or encourage you? 

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent's Connection

 

DRIVEN Summer Series – Session 2 Q & A

As you read this moms and dads, I am already in Manitoba completing the first week of children camp with a team of faithful group of brothers and sisters! Just want to encourage you to do the same back in Markham. Ask your son and daughter the following… – Freddy

Session Two: Big Life (July 17)

You can know a lot. Maybe you know the stats of every football player in the NFL. Maybe you know the cheat codes to hundreds of games. Maybe you know every Scripture in the New Testament. But unless you do something with what you know, then what you know isn’t enough. Especially when it comes to our faith. God’s truth was meant to be put into action. It was meant to affect our lives, our relationships. And when we begin to live out the truths we know, something happens to us our faith. It begins to grow.

Session Two Parent Cue: What is one truth that you know from the Bible that you can commit to live out this week? Follow up with each other to see how that’s going.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent's Connection

 

Virtue for July – Perseverance

PERSEVERANCE IS “refusing to give up when life gets hard”

Children Ministry will be handing out the July Cue Boxes this Sunday. We will also be handing out the survey so please help us by giving us feedback.

I am really excited to say that I was very eager to read through the materials for this month as it is teaching one of my favourite Bible verses Isaiah 40:31. And it is even better when kids get to read a small portion of the Bible during the week by following the suggestions provided in the Cue box. So pick up a CUE box!

Angelina

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Cue Box

 

DRIVEN Summer Series – Session 1 Q & A

Hi parents! I’ve decided to break down the postings of the series each week instead of giving a broad overview of the 6 part series so you know what you can focus on asking your son or daughter on the way home. Instead of asking, “so what did you learn in DRIVEN today?” Ask the following… – Freddy

Session One: Big Faith (July 10)

Your faith in God matters to God. In fact, God is most honored through your living, active, death-defying, out-of-the-box faith. That being the case, He’s committed to growing it. Big. Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good. But in order for all of that to happen, there’s one thing it all hinges on—your trust.

Session One Parent Cue: What area of your life are you most reluctant to trust God? Why?

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent's Connection

 

July DRIVEN Parent’s Devotion!

Parents of grade 7s, 8s and 9s teens, read this to help you set your mind right as you partner with us to reinforce our summer series about what it means to grow as a Christian. – Freddy

Grow Up

Does your son and daughter ever wish they could just grow up? Maybe they yearn for the day they will get their driver’s licenses. Or graduate from high school. Or go away to college. They don’t really want to be kids anymore. They want to be seen as adults. They want to feel like they’ve moved on, grown up. We all know how that happens physically, but what about spiritually? How do we know we’re growing in your faith? How do we know that you’re moving forward in that area of our lives? The good news is that God is just as passionate about growing our faith as we are. And there are five ways He will use to do that—some involving things that we probably already know, and other ways that we may have never thought about before.  

NOT QUITE GROWN UP

By Tim Walker

Are you done yet?

Are you completely grown up?

Be honest.

Yeah, me neither.

Sure, I put on the guise of being a grown-up every day—I’m married, have three kids, work a job, drive a car, pay a mortgage.

But if I was completely honest, I still have some growing to do.

And I’m not talking about my waistline. (Ahh, the 40s.)

Quite honestly, there are times when I feel anything but grown-up. There are times when I want to run and hide like a little kid. There are times when I want to pitch a fit like a toddler. There are times when I want to eat dessert first. (Well, that last one I actually can do. Refer back to the earlier comment about the waistline.)

These realities make it quite clear that I still do have a lot of growing to do. I’m not done yet.

I still need to learn.

I still need to be challenged beyond what is comfortable.

I still need to be willing to discover new things about who I am, who my spouse is, who my children are and the world I live in.

I want my relationships to grow and be more than what they are today—and that includes my relationship with God.

Sure, it would be easy to ride that one out. After all, God and I have known each other for years. But just like with any relationship in my life, I don’t want it to stay right where it began. It would be easier to stay where I am. It would be more convenient, require less time and less attention, but let’s be honest. The relationships we have with people where this is the case, rarely go the distance, and seldom do they ever become lasting relationships with genuine connection. With these people the conversation is only going to go so far. The connection is going to be limited.

Like many of us have probably learned the hard way, relationships not invested in and not cared for don’t make it. Relationships not growing are slowly dying.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want that to be the case with the people I care about.I want my relationship with my wife to be more than it was when we first met.

I want my relationship with my kids to be more meaningful than when I changed their diapers. Relationships are meant to be dynamic. They were meant to grow and change.

And that includes my relationship with God.

And here’s one thing that is awesome about God—He wants this relationship to grow too. And He will use all kinds of things to make that happen. He wants me to not only grow in what I learn and know about Him, but He also wants me to grow as I experience life with Him. Not only that, He will bring people in my path to direct me. He will use circumstances that cause me to lean into Him and prove how trustworthy He is. He will take my simple “I’ll do it” when I volunteer for something and show me how serving connects my heart to His.

So many people see being a grown-up as the finish line, reached when all their goals are accomplished. Those are goals filled with the “If I can justs . . . “ If I can just . . . get a job, get married, have kids, buy a home. But you and I know those justs can be moving targets.

But the God who made you and me, the God who knew us before we were born, is the God who says, “You’re not done yet.” There’s still so much He wants me to know, and there’s still so much He wants you to know.

I’m not done yet. I still need to grow.

And I will be at this place until the day I die, because He’s a big God, and there’s still so much He wants to show me.

So you’re not a grown up. You’re simply growing up.

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in DRIVEN, Parent's Connection